I can do hard things. This is something I’ve always known.
Anxiety disorders affect people in many different ways. Often, people believe that those with anxiety disorders feel like they can’t — like they aren’t capable of getting through a situation. For me, it hits differently. I know I am capable, but at what cost.
I have never doubted that I could get through a difficult situation. I’ve done it again and again. …
I’m apprehensive about writing this. In fact, it’s taken me weeks to finish. Though I know there will be other people out there who feel similarly, I also know I’m likely to be misunderstood by those who can’t relate. But, the other day, I was asked how I “stayed sane” over the past 15 months and my honest response was, understandably, met with surprise.
I felt more “sane” — in better mental health — during the pandemic than I have in my entire adult life. The truth is, the social-distancing lifestyle was great for me.
I understand that this past…
If there is one thing I think we can all agree on, right now, it is that none of us needs any more stress.
Unfortunately, over the years, the ever-increasing demands and expectations of the holiday season have become yet another source of stress for too many of us.
Let me just stop here and say: If you are someone who finds joy in doing all the things each holiday season, by all means, do them. This message is not meant for you.
However, if you are one of the thousands of readers for which my 2018 essay, You Don’t…
My stomach actually dropped when I read this sentence last night:
Trump plans to create a “National Commission to Promote Patriotic Education.”
Anyone who thinks this sounds reasonable? Is. Part. Of. The. Problem.
Anyone who thinks teaching diverse perspectives of historical events is “indoctrination” and “propaganda” but believes teaching a one-sided history of an infallible America is not the actual definition of those very things? Is. Part. Of. The. Problem.
It is building on the knowledge of the past to create a solid springboard for future knowledge.
For the most part, knowledge of math and science progresses in a straightforward…
I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr — one which I’ve shared before.
And while I am taking a social media break, at the moment, I do want to make it clear that my reason for taking this break now is not to remain idle. For a few weeks now, I was already taking a personal break for the sake of my mental health but I decided I needed to also take a break, professionally.
Anything I would post right now would feel tone-deaf and disingenuous. …
You may think, as someone with anxiety disorders, I’m likely to panic and overreact in the event of any potential threat. But, actually, in a real emergency, I become incredibly business-like and handle the situation quite calmly. This happens when there is a true, external threat because, by its nature of being real and being present, I can take action.
Times of true, external crisis are when I shine.
You may be surprised to learn that many people with anxiety disorders handle emergencies with a calm, level head. This phenomenon is not uncommon. …
We, as a society, are much too quick to dismiss the past as no longer relevant. But, while technologies change rapidly, human nature barely changes at all. So, there is always something relevant to learn from studying our history.
There is a reason they say history repeats itself. Mainly, because we are terrible at remembering the hard-learned lessons of previous generations.
You are, no doubt, aware there is currently a pandemic caused by a novel coronavirus sweeping the planet. Humanity has faced pandemics before, many times.
It irks me to no end to see people continually pointing to the number of annual flu deaths in an effort to downplay the threat of COVID-19. If anything it should stand as testament to why we need to take COVID-19 seriously.
Seasonal flu is well established and circulating freely throughout our population. The CDC reports an estimated 32–45 million people in the U.S. have been affected by seasonal flu this season, resulting in approximately 18–46 thousand deaths (CFR of ~0.05% to 0.1%).
Not a week goes by where I don’t see a story pop up in my feed with some feel-good headline like: “Cancer Taught Me What’s Really Important in Life,” “Facing Cancer Taught Me How to Truly Live,” or “Cancer Taught Me to Enjoy Every Moment.”
And I think, Huh. All cancer taught me was debilitating anxiety.
What a ripoff.
I’m not sure why or how society has expected those who’ve gone through cancer treatments to have reaped some rewards from the ordeal.
To be a good survivor, it seemed I needed to let everyone know that there were gifts hidden…
Sometimes it feels as if my different anxiety disorders are in-fighting, jostling for top position among my chaotically tumbling thoughts.
My medical anxiety tells me that every little ache could be the first sign of my next life-threatening disease. I am hyper-aware of my body and I can rarely bring myself to take even an Ibuprofen for fear the medicine, in alleviating my pain, will mask a symptom of something new and I will not catch my next diagnosis soon enough. …